For the second time this season, Leo Gonzalez has found himself fined by the MLS Disciplinary Committee after "embellishing contact" while getting tangled up with Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio.
The play involved Gonzalez coming up behind Saborio, who was accepting a pass from the backfield, and initiating enough contact for both players to go to the ground. Gonzalez attempted to get up and pursue the ball, but was either unwilling or unable to get over the downed Saborio, who then retaliated to Gonzalez's prolonged contact. The fine was directed at Gonzalez' reaction, which was clearly overblown for the contact initiated by his Costa Rican National teammate. Watch the video below:
The Sounders have seen themselves in the Disciplinary report frequently this season, with at least seven instances of post-match discipline this year. Gonzalez was previously fined and suspended after stepping on Philadelphia's Sheanon Williams in the closing minutes of a 1-0 win. It isn't the first time the Sounders have been found for embellishment this year either. Alvaro Fernandez was fined for flopping in the Houston match earlier this year.
Combined with the recent red cards (some of which were well deserved) they have seen a sharp uptick in all-around incidents. I don't know if it has to do with leadership, or strategy, or the new guys, or pressure, or Steve Kelley, or what, but it is something that needs to stop. The late shoving and jawing isn't doing anything but getting everyone riled up, and Seattle hasn't done well in those situations.